News Brief: Professors Speak at White House and Congressional Events

MAY 26, 2016 – Professors at the School of Nursing & Health Studies took part in events yesterday at the White House and U.S. House of Representatives.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care and professor of health systems administration, and Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, director of distance education and associate professor of advanced nursing practice, shared their perspectives at the “White House Climate & Nurses Roundtable.”

Earlier in the day, Rosemary Sokas, MD, MOH, chair of the Department of Human Science and professor of human science, offered testimony at a hearing on “Promoting Safe Workplaces Through Effective and Responsible Recordkeeping Standards,” held before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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Sokas delivered her remarks on behalf of the American Public Health Association. Knestrick participated as part of her role at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, an organization she will lead as president beginning in 2017. And Anderko represented the CDC-funded Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, which she directs, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.

“As the most trusted profession, nurses are critical for educating the public about the health impacts from climate change and mobilizing communities to develop public health preparedness plans to adapt to climate change threats to health,” says Anderko, who spoke about climate change, health effects, and nursing research in this arena during the White House event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

At the Capitol Hill hearing, Sokas, who previously served as the chief medical officer at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, conveyed APHA’s support for OSHA’s actions related to recordkeeping, enhanced “data accuracy and transparency,” and protection of “vulnerable workers from retaliation for reporting workplace illness or injury.” (Read her testimony here.)

Additionally, Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN, adjunct assistant professor of advanced nursing practice, participated in the White House meeting in her capacity as senior director of government affairs and health policy at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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